In my last post, I talked about camping. Whether you want to save money or enjoy sleeping outdoors, camping can be a great way to experience the Alaska Highway. However, camping is not for everyone and may not always be the best choice.
Today, I will talk a little about my experience staying at hotels and bed & breakfasts along the way.
First, I enjoy being outdoors and camping can be fun, but I enjoy a nice shower/bath as well. For me, comfortability was a deciding factor as I absolutely despise camping in hot, cold, or rainy conditions. My trip encountered numerous days of scorching (for the area) hot temperatures and also days with wet snow and rain. For me, booking a hotel room was a better option for my comfort, health, and sanity.
The Alaska Highway (and all other roads leading to it and from it) has greatly modernized in recent years as Western Canada begins to develop economically. Almost every town has at least one modern motel/hotel and most larger towns have several option to choose from.
I believe I’ve said it before, but I’ll repeat it here, it is best to try to find the next nights accommodations before you leave each morning. Most stopping points are generally smaller towns and rooms fill up fast. Probably the most important reason to plan ahead is knowing how far you are going to drive that day.
I chose to drive about 8 hours a day. By having pre-booked a room, I could accommodate my schedule to getting to the next stop at a pre-arranged time (most check-ins are after 3pm local time) and I was not then tempted to keep driving. So, if I got to my stop a little early, or I wanted to do something along the way, by pre-booking a room, I was able to adjust my schedule to my stops.
I personally used booking.com to facilitate reservations and didn’t have any major issues. There was one minor issue but that was the result of the hotel entering my name backwards and not booking.com’s fault. I’ve included a link below if you’d like to check them out.
Take care to make a good decision on how and where to stop. These decisions can help make or break your trip.